Milo Yiannopoulos has been forced to cancel an event at Florida Atlantic University after what the FBI is calling a “credible death threat.”
Milo was due to speak at FAU on Thursday but authorities deemed the talk too dangerous, not because Milo’s speech on “How Feminism Hurts Women” was too controversial, but because student organizers received a note from an unnamed individual, threatening to blow up the event, or kill students who attended.
The note reportedly mentioned that the threatening individual would bring weapons to the event. News accounts indicate the threat was made against FAU students directly.
When FAU administrators contacted the FBI, the law enforcement bureau recommended canceling the event.
Several stops on the fall leg of Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous Faggot” tour have also been cancelled, but largely because of administrative fears that protests, which happen at almost all of his speeches, could get out of hand and cause security issues. Often these concerns appear to be convenient excuses, as Milo’s subject matter is distasteful to left-leaning university administrators and professors.
To wit, Villanova University in Pennsylvania just canceled Milo’s planned November 15 appearance there. Villanova officials said that the College Republicans who invited Milo had not followed proper protocols in setting up the event.
Campus police also cancelled a planned Milo event at University of Central Florida in June, saying that they couldn’t handle security requirements. In early September, just as Milo’s tour was kicking off, the University of Miami faculty cancelled a speech claiming that they felt students would be “unsafe.” It was not clear, then, whether that meant students would be physically threatened, or that they were unable to handle emotionally some elements of Milo’s presentation.
So far, though, this is the first serious threat against Milo‘s safety that’s prompted a cancellation.